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Director Bill Condon brings Tom Eyen's Tony award-winning Broadway musical to the big screen in a tale of dreams, stardom, and the high cost of success in the cutthroat recording industry. The time is the 1960s, and singers Effie (Jennifer Hudson), Lorrell (Anika Noni Rose), and Deena (Beyonc Knowles) are about to find out just what it's like to have their wildest dreams come true. Discovered at a local talent show by ambitious manager Curtis Taylor Jr. (Jamie Foxx), the trio known as "the Dreamettes" is soon offered the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of opening for popular singer James "Thunder" Early (Eddie Murphy). Subsequently molded into an unstoppable hit machine by Taylor and propelled into the spotlight as "the Dreams," the girls quickly find their bid for the big time taking priority over personal friendship as Taylor edges out the ultra-talented Effie so that the more beautiful Deena can become the face of the group. Now, as the crossover act continues to dominate the airwaves, the small-town girls with big-city dreams slowly begin to realize that the true cost of fame may be higher than any of them ever anticipated.
- Music Video “Listen” by Beyoncé Knowles
- Dreamgirls Soundtrack Promo
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**Note -- When you go to the "Dreamgirls 2-disc Showstopper Edition" page, there's a note that says, "There is a newer version of this item: Dreamgirls [Blu-Ray]." This is not true; the "newer version" has the bare bones special features that the original DVD 1-disc version has and does not include the "Showstopper Edition" bonus features.
Special Features included on this Blu-Ray 1-disc set:
12 Extended Musical Numbers - Including a Jennifer Hudson Performance Not Seen in Theaters HD
Music Video "Listen" by Beyonce Knowles
Dreamgirls Soundtrack Promo
So, if you want the 115 minute documentary and other special features, you'll need to order the 2-disc "Showstopper Edition."
Anyway, a stellar cast, music from heaven, and great dance numbers.
The movie is quite entertaining. The showstopper, "And I Tell You I'm Not Going" sounds nothing like a Supremes single nor an indication of some hidden magnificent talent by Florence Ballard that was somehow suppressed. As a movie in its own right, it deserved its multiple Oscar nods. As the story of the life of The Supremes, Diana said it best when she echoed, "this is my life, not a damned story". While forever the opportunist, marywilson milked the association for all its worth including naming her hilarious biography, "Dreamgirls: My Life as a Supreme". While Diana kept a respectable distance from the entire affair when it was so blatantly obvious that David Geffen nor Michael Bennett went so far as the desperate former ex-ex-former Supreme, the belabored marywilson.
In the souvenir booklet for the early special screenings, Mr. Geffen thanked Mr. Gordy profusely for his tremendous influence and impact of Motown and The Supremes. Eddie Murphy gives a somewhat subtle performance as a James Brown morphed into Marvin Gaye characterization. Jennifer Hudson takes the music down to Muscle Shoals with "Love You, I Do" in a soulsista portrayal more reminiscent of Atlantic-era Aretha, soft portrayals of a Smokey Robinson-type songwriter compliments a Beyonce meets Mahogany era Diana Ross recreating the iconic "Mahogany" fashion montage.
The film ages well and with the current release of the wildly successful "Motown, The Musical" hitting legitimate theater stages from Los Angeles to London....."Dreamgirls" has survived over 3 decades.....stronger than ever.
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An altogether maudlin story is etched together nicely mostly due to the great music and outstanding performance by Jennifer Hudson.Read more
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